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October 25, 2018 1:45 PM, EDT

Hair Testing Provisions Enacted as Part of Opioid Measure

A technician tests hair for drugs A technician tests hair for drugs. (Quest Diagnostics)

President Donald Trump on Oct. 24 signed into law legislation aimed at tackling opioid abuse.

The law includes provisions on hair testing that were advocated by American Trucking Associations.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)

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The legislation also directs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to report to Congress on issuing guidelines for hair testing. The secretary of health and human services must report to House and Senate commercial transportation committees on the status for hair testing guidelines.

Also, reporting requirements on the development of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse are part of the law.

“Our fleets need to depend on the most accurate, reliable and fail-safe drug testing methods available today, and this legislation pushes the federal government to recognize those means of testing,” said Bill Sullivan, ATA’s executive vice president of advocacy. “We thank our champions in Congress.”

“The opioid crisis is a nationwide epidemic that needs to be fought on all fronts, which means Congress has a critical role to play in providing important tools to communities that are facing this issue head-on,” Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) said after the chamber’s passage of the bill in September. “I’m proud of the collective effort that senators from both sides of the aisle have dedicated to finding common ground to address this ongoing problem.”